Predators Sign Former Kelly Cup MVP Ellis

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Idaho Steelheads goaltender Dan Ellis.

The 27 year old was 30-21-1 with four shutouts and a goals-against average of 2.78 in 55 regular season games for Iowa of the American Hockey League in 2006-07.

Selected in the second round (60th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ellis was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Kelly Cup Finals after leading the postseason with 13 wins and three shutouts as a rookie. He was 4-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.95 and a save percentage of .933 in the Finals as Idaho won the ECHL title in its inaugural season.

The 6-foot and 186-pound Ellis was 13-8-1 with a goals-against average of 2.56 and a save percentage of .909 in 23 regular season games with Idaho earning him a selection to the 2004 ECHL All-Star Game. He also played for Utah of the AHL where he was 5-14-0 with a goals-against average of 2.92 and a save percentage of .909 in 20 games.